“I look forward to having Derek serve as my Chief of Staff,” Marsh said. “His previous experience in the Pro Tem’s office makes him uniquely qualified to ensure that the Alabama Senate continues to run smoothly and serve the people of Alabama as it has in the past.”
Trotter returns to the Pro Tem’s office after a stint in the Governor’s Robert Bentley‘s Legislative office as well as a stint the private sector at Butler Snow. In Bentley’s office, Trotter represented the governor before the Alabama Legislature and built and maintained relationships with key legislative leaders on behalf of the governor. He also managed and implemented strategies to pass key items on the governor’s legislative agenda. Trotter frequently advised the governor’s 22-member cabinet on legislative matters impacting their agencies.
In 2016, he joined Butler Snow’s Montgomery, Ala., office where he practiced with the firm’s regulatory and government relations team. Prior to that he served as communications director for Marsh.
“Having spent the majority of my career working with the Alabama Senate, both in the President Pro Tem’s Office and Governor’s Legislative Office, I am thrilled about the opportunity to serve as Senator Marsh’s Chief of Staff,” Trotter said. “Every member of the Alabama Senate has a shared commitment to serving their constituents to the best of their ability and I look forward to working with them in an effort to make Alabama an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Derek is a native of Trussville and a graduate of Auburn University. He and his wife Kala reside in Pike Road with their two children.
Trotter’s first day was Monday.